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Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir

Led by Dr Marta Mathea Radwan

Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for everyone. We learn by ear, so you don’t need music experience. Our music ranges from gospel, world and jazz to pop and classical - anything that sounds great and is a joy to sing. Joining us is a great way to meet people and sing your stress away.

Spring
Drop in: Fri 19 Apr and 26 Apr

Summer
Fri 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Fri 4 Jun - 19 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)

2pm - 3.30pm

£12 per session | £60 for 6 week course | £50 for 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

About the tutor
Dr Marta Mathea Radwan is an award-winning vocalist, composer and musical director. Heralding from Poland and with over 30 years' experience in musical performance, Marta conducts choirs around London, including: jazz group Alle Choir London, Offbeat a cappella community choirs in Acton and Richmond, and Singing for Fun groups at Brunel University London.

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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Seann Wilkinson

A non-audition community choir open to all. Working on everything from Madonna to Les Mis, from gospel to pop - this is an opportunity to meet people, learn some harmonies and sing your hearts out. No experience required. Enthusiasm absolutely necessary!

Summer
16 Apr - 23 Jul, exc 28 May (14 weeks)
7.30pm – 9pm
£11 per session | £140 per 14 week term

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

From January 2024 Norden Farm are delighted to extend our Crafternoon sessions to Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Spring Season

Tues 16 and Wed 17 Apr Wire Tree
Tues 23 and Wed 24 Apr Paper Fans

There will be no session on Tues 6 and Wed 7 Feb.

Summer Season

Tues 30 Apr and Wed 1 May Watercolour Sunsets
Tues 7 May and Wed 8 May Air Dry Clay Air Fresheners
Tues 14 May and Wed 15 May Button Art Canvas
Tues 21 May and Wed 22 May No Session
Tues 28 May and Wed 29 May Tie-Dye Socks
Tues 4 Jun and Wed 5 Jun Fruit Coasters
Tues 11 Jun and Wed 12 Jun Peg Doll Decor
Tues 18 Jun and Wed 19 Jun Recycled Paper Beads
Tues 25 Jun and Wed 26 Jun Polymer Clay Food Keyrings
Tues 2 Jul and Wed 3 Jul Decoupage Trinket Boxes
Tues 9 Jul and Wed 10 Jul Plant Pot Bird Feeders
Tues 16 Jul and Wed 17 Jul Dictionary Page Art
Tues 23 Jul and Wed 24 Jul No Session
Tues 30 Jul and Wed 31 Jul Yarn/Ribbon Wall Hanging
Tues 6 Aug and Wed 7 Aug Rock Painting
Tues 13 Aug and Wed 14 Aug Postage Stamp Art

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local transport can be provided as part of the ticket price for those attending on a Wednesday.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for the Wednesday sessions please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

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Intermediate Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is suited to those who have been practising for at least 6. My intention for this class is to move our practise forward, explore different avenues and approaches to the traditional postures. We will be aiming to be going deeper into ‘awareness’ and ‘noticing’.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas, I will be encouraging fun and freedom within the traditional structure, whilst taking into our awareness fundamental anatomical and functional aspects required by our bodies for maximum wellbeing benefits.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Spring
Fri 22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)

Summer
Fri 3 May - 31 May (5 weeks)
Fri 7 Jun - 12 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)
Fri 19 Jul - 16 Aug, exc 9 Aug (4 weeks)

11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | or £45 per 5 week course | or £36 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Book Club

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

This season our Book Club will be reading

Spring

Thur 18 Jan
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Thur 15 Feb
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Thur 14 Mar
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Thur 18 Apr
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Summer
Mon 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £21 for all 3 sessions
Online only

Suitable for ages 18+ years

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Align and Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

Align and Flow Yoga is influenced by the biomechanics and heart orientated philosophy of the Anusara Hatha style of yoga. With a specific alignment focus within the flow of postures the practice will tone and strengthen the body, improve posture and create more freedom in the body and mind resulting in a calm and relaxed state of being.

Each week there will be a different theme weaving its’ way through the session, but a typical class starts with breathing techniques to centre and ground, poses to warm up and then progresses to a fun and challenging mix of vinyasa and alignment yoga.

This class is designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength, and flexibility. Leaving time at the end for a well-deserved relaxation.

Come prepared for an energising class that will also leave you feeling relaxed.

Suitable for 18+ years

Spring
Sat 9 Mar – 27 Apr (7 weeks)
10am - 11am

Summer
Sat 4 May - 22 Jun (8 weeks)
Please note that Sarah Norman will be covering the class on Sat 10 May
Sat 29 Jun - 17 Aug (8 weeks)
Please note that Linda Bilgorri will be covering this course

£12.50 per session | £84 for 8 week course and £73.50 for 7 week course

Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Jim Maving

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the very beginning. This is a foundation course for those with little to no experience of playing guitar. You will learn how to hold a guitar and to make the right noises out of it. The aim of these lessons is to get you playing your first song within 4 weeks of lessons, as no-one takes up guitar to strum random chords, it’s all about the songs.

If you are returning to guitar having not played for some time and can barely remember chords this is a great way of getting back into the swing of things.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.


Summer
Tues 30 Apr - 28 May (5 weeks)
Tues 11 Jun - 9 Jul (5 weeks)
Tues 16 Jul - 13 Aug, exc 23 Jul (4 weeks)
7.45pm - 8.45pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug, exc 24 Jul (4 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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